What is "Real" Karate? (ToTe)
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called te ( literally "hand"; tī in Okinawan) and Chinesekenpō. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop). Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.
Karate developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom prior to its 19th century annexation by Japan. It was brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century during a time of cultural exchanges between the Japanese and the Ryukyuans. In 1922 the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration. In 1924 Keio University established the first university karate club in Japan and by 1932, major Japanese universities had karate clubs. In this era of escalating Japanese militarism, the name was changed from ("Chinese hand") to ("empty hand") – both of which are pronounced karate – to indicate that the Japanese wished to develop the combat form in Japanese style.
Lindsey Academy senior student Sean McSween performing soft style Kata- a requirement for higher ranks.
Many changes were made to the original systems by the Japanese to change what had been a bugei (combat system) to a Budo (Martial
Art as a way of life & an Art form). Many of those changes involved altering the original stances, katas (forms), and strikes, so as to
make a semblance of Karate training available to everyone, including schoolchildren. Funakoshi Sensei was by profession a
schoolteacher, and it was he and his instructor Itosu Sensei that brought respectablity to Karate by bringing it out into the open. As a
result, however, many of the combat applications for the original Te or ToTe have been discarded from some styles- misinterpreted by
others, or kept secret, for higher ranked students only. It is our goal, along with many other brilliant organizations like Dillman Karate
International and Vince Morris`s Kissaki-Kai, to teach the original interpretations of the Art. In addition, many Instructors are bringing
some of the original Chinese striking methods and soft flowing patterns back to Karate. Shinsotsu-Kai as taught at the Lindsey Academy of Karate humbly vows to follow along these lines of training, and attempt to bring credibility back to Classical Karate.
Pressure Point techniques allow a smaller person to defend against a much larger attacker